Written By
Marissa Peretz


Silicon Beach Talent Partner Spotlight: Make in LA

Silicon Beach is a popular news topic this week. Accelerator and seed-stage venture fund Amplify.LA recently raised $10 million in venture capital for their third fund. Snap, Inc. has a highly anticipated IPO coming later this week to NYSE. In fact, we have much to celebrate in our rapidly growing tech and startup hub in Los Angeles. Today, we are happy to highlight Make in LA, the “LA epicenter of hardware startups,” in our first partner spotlight. We are especially excited that Make in LA partner Carmen Palafox is speaking at the Toolbox Series this Friday in Santa Monica. So who is Make in LA? And what do they do?

Make in LA is a hardware accelerator. It is no secret that my cofounder Max Brown and I are passionate about hardware. Today’s hardware developers, known throughout the community as ‘makers’, can significantly improve our quality of life and reduce our impact on the environment with tangible, innovative, and sustainable technology. Naturally, when we heard about a hardware accelerator starting in the heart of our city, we were keen to learn more about the program and its participants. We visited the facility in Chatsworth, participated in a hands-on laser cutting workshop, and spoke with the founders, inventors, and teams. The four month, high touch program guides participants from prototype through scaling a business and securing funding to go to market.

Some of the companies currently in their portfolio include: Amped Innovation, whose mission is to reduce the cost of solar power centers through engineering and design, making clean energy accessible to the “1.2 billion people globally” who currently lack access to electricity; and 3D-SensIR, whose tech is less expensive, lighter, and smaller than traditional 3D imaging technology, enabling people to capture accurate 3D models in real-time with a handheld device. This is quite useful in the growing field of augmented reality.

In 2017, we expect Silicon Beach to be in the news more frequently as innovators and their support network of coworkers, accelerators, angel investors, and venture capitalists are increasingly recognized for the results of their efforts. We are excited to see a community of high performers, and even more excited to highlight their work.